Heard Sensei serves on the SMAA Board of Advisors. He is also the assistant editor for the SMAA Journal and webmaster for the SMAA website. He currently holds the title/rank of Fuku Shihan/5th dan in the SMAA's Traditional Jujutsu Division. He has received rank and teaching licenses from the Nihon Jujutsu and Kobudo divisions of the Kokusai Budoin, an elite international martial arts federation headquartered in Tokyo. He has also demonstrated aiki-jujutsu several times at the Kokusai Budoin Sogo Budo Taikai, held annually in Tokyo. Heard Sensei taught Saigo Ryu at the 2005 SMAA Seminar & Congress in Utah and at the 2006 event in Michigan.
Mr. Heard earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. After working in the software development industry, he returned to the University to become Director of Computing and Information Services for UCB's
Mr. Heard currently lives in Richmond, California with his wife, Patricia.